Oscar Pistorius – the South African double-amputee Olympian – has put his Pretoria mansion up for sale, something he reportedly needs to do to help pay for his Murder Trial.
Given Oscar’s tortured behavior during his trial, and the graphic evidence that brings the grisly scene back to life each day, it’s no surprise that he no longer lives in the house. Surely there are ghosts, even if only figurative, that will forever haunt both the mansion and Pistorius’ mind.
A press release posted on the Oscar Pistorius website gave details of the pending sale:
“It has become necessary to sell Mr. Pistorius’ home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs. This is due to the unexpected extension of the trial beyond the initial three week period for which it was originally set down.
We are issuing this statement to pre-empt speculation in the public and the media, and to state the reasons for this decision.
It is important to note that Mr. Pistorius has been funding his own defence from the outset. Due to the delay in finalising the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset, has had to be made.
Initially the State had called for three weeks to be set down in the Court calendar. However, with the trial now already into its third week and as the Prosecution is still leading evidence, it is clear that the legal process will last significantly longer than originally indicated by the State.
Mr. Pistorius has never returned to his home in Silver Woods since the tragedy of 14 February, 2013.
Mr. Pistorius cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again.
Despite the fact that the house was handed back to Mr. Pistorius by the authorities more than a year ago, a decision was taken to keep the house sealed until after the trial. He has been forced to revisit this decision due to the reasons outlined in this statement.
The sale will be handled by a sole agent. Attorneys Ramsay Webber Inc have, in this regard, instructed Ansie Louw Estates of Pretoria and will facilitate the bidding process and the sale of the aforementioned property.”
Throughout the trial, photographs chronicling the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp have been showcased. The bathroom where Pistorius shot his then girlfriend, the bedroom, the stairs, all reflecting the horrific and bloody scene left in the wake of what Pistorius says was an accident, and the prosecution says was murder.
The house is located in Pretoria, South Africa, in the Silver Woods Estate.
Oscar listed its value at 5 million rand, or about $465,000, last February shortly after Steenkamp’s death.
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